Stanford Slutsky Celebrates Childhood Memories With Hyper-Sized Sculptures. Reminisce With No Calories

The Rickie Report visits Stanford Slutsky‘s artwork and studio to see what this 79 year old artist is creating next!  His artwork has been seen world wide and is available in local galleries.  Our fascination is: What drives Stanford to create?  As a child, his imagination was captured by magical illusions. With the support of his wife Kathy, now he creates masterful illusions of 3D artworks that remind us of our childhoodIf you love candy on paper dots, sushi, chocolates, a Chicago Dog, and much more, then visit www.stanfordslutsky.com. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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 561-789-4678

Boynton Beach, FL.

 

 

We specialize in three dimensional mixed media giant-sized hyper-realistic fine art replica sculptures of Good Humor Dessert Pops.

 

  www.stanfordslutsky.com 

 

 

 

Art Critic, Candice Russell says, “Stanford Slutsky’s evolution as an artist has led him to a larger-than-life exploration of food, one of our most basic needs. However, not just any food has captured his fancy. Stanford harnesses the innocence of youth in the form of various sweets. People of a certain age have fond memories of the ice cream and other sweet things. Slutsky’s hyperrealism pop art food sculptures are larger than life. By enlarging the size of these snacks and desserts, the artist similarly enhances the viewer’s craving for them. If longing is a part of art, so be it”.
 

 

 

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Stanford Slutsky, 79, of Boynton Beach, has lived in Florida for 37 years.  He creates unmistakable lifelike sculptures of the sweet ice cream treats he remembers from his youth in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. He also creates art that looks like chocolates, hamburgers, bagels and pizza, among others. After one year of college, he spent his career in the wholesale grocery business, retiring to Florida in 1983. “I’m a self-taught artist, that I believe comes from a higher power,” said Slutsky, who sports a goatee and boasts a puckish sense of humor, saying he is “the best looking artist you know.”

 

 

 

3D Sesame bagel, lox, tomato and cream cheese with Kathy Slutsky

 

 

Stan tells The Rickie Report, “Creating food art was the natural growth of my background. Looking back at my life, driving a Good Humor ice cream truck for a summer job, being in the grocery business, my love of food, especially my love of sweet things inspired my choice of subjects. I think of my art before going to sleep and I wake up thinking of my art, and go into my studio to work on my art. “When I was a child,” Slutsky said, “there was something about the illusions magicians created that captured my imagination. I want that same vivid sense of illusions to be central in all my artwork.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

An array of 3 sizes of 3D Strawberry Eclair Pops created by Stanford Slutsky 

 

 

 

His current works of food are colorful, playful, mouth-watering and, as he joked, “calorie-free.” Slutsky has exhibited in numerous venues and participated in many national and international competitions including the online gallery in the United Kingdom, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art 54th annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy and Stanford Slutsky: May, 1962 at Kathy’s Senior Prom

 

 

 

 

Slutsky was nominated to the Florida Arts Hall of Fame in 1993. His “Assorted Box of Candy” won an award at The Armory of West Palm Beach and Art in Public Places at the Palm Beach International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Coral Springs Art Museum, City of Boynton Beach to mention a few. He credits his enjoyment through his journey in life to his wife of 58 years, Kathy, and their three children: Roberta, Marlin, and Adele, and their spouses from Pittsburgh and Majorca Spain and 6 grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Stan enjoys lime in his tequila!  Here’s a hyper-sized slice!

 

 

 

He said he loves to do all the grocery shopping and cook for his wife, family and friends while enjoying a drink of tequila before preparing dinner. “Cooking makes me relax,” Slutsky said. He also shares good times with his longtime friends from grade school. “In 1984, along with David Maxwell, we created and started an Arts District in downtown Hollywood, Florida, which enabled unknown but talented artists to display their works,” he said. “One Friday of each month, we held receptions that included music, and opened a theater. The public viewed and purchased the works of the many local artists and provided them the opportunity to create more pieces of art. I am proud of that accomplishment.” Slutsky credits his wife as the person he most admires. “She is honest, dependable, kind, compassionate and wonderful.

 

 

 

At a young age, Slutsky unearthed clay to made sculptures. In high school he won many awards for his jewelry design and creations.  He moved to Florida 34 years ago where he became a full time working and professional artist. These past years he has had numerous SOLO exhibits including the  Young at Art Museum in Davie, Fl, Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Fort Lauderdale Art Institute,  and Nathan D. Rosen Museum.

 

 

Stan the Good Humor man

 

After focusing on and perfecting his optical illusion Art and geometric techniques, Slutsky has now moved into his new territory. His memory of the summer of 1957 when he drove a Good Humor ice cream truck (and was called “Stan the Good Humor Man”) drives his intention to stimulate and provoke a positive emotional response to our love of food.

 

 

 

 

“Samurai Sushi” by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

 

A recent interviewer wrote, ” Walking into the home of Stanford Slutsky is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, the giant-sized hyper-realistic art on the wall looks good enough to eat. What looks like luscious chocolates is actually made of Plaster of Paris, rigid foam, tacky glue, glitter, acrylic and much more.

 

 

Stanford Slutsky working in his studio on a Stack of Pancakes

 

 

By exaggerating the size of these snacks and desserts, the artist similarly enhances the viewer’s craving. Slutsky states, “After walking through the market, I see something sweet to create and proceed to recreate in my studio by eating, studying, feeling and smelling my new subject matter.” Slutsky then starts by taking photos, measuring, sculpting, sanding, and mixing paint colors for the mixed media construction of his artwork.

 

 

 

 

“Watermelon Slice, Orange Slice, Lime Slice” by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

This good feelings from childhood come racing back, as you see beyond life-size pizza slices, ice cream bars dripping as they “melt”, sushi, hamburgs, and so much more.  His enjoyment is not only derived from the creative process, but from seeing the smiles on the faces of art lovers who collect his work.

 

 

When you bring the art work of Stanford Slutsky to your home or office, you automatically invite joy and whimsy to your walls and space! His artwork is precise yet spontaneous. His perceptions of the world will bring a smile to your heart and engage all of your visitors. Stan’s pieces are original one of a kind food sculptures – larger than life –  with the emphasis on confectionary things and other edibles. Slutsky says, “I am chasing the sweet things in life.”

 

 

 

“Chocolate Sampler” by Stanford Slutsky

 

 

Slutsky has exhibited in numerous venues and participated in many national and international competitions including  the on line gallery in the UK, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art 54th annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, (out of more than 1100 submissions by nearly 400 artists, he was one of less than 100 artists chosen to represent the best in Florida. Slutsky, was nominated to the Florida Arts Hall of Fame in 1993. His “Assorted Box of Candy” won an award at The Armory of West Palm Beach, Art in Public Places at the Palm Beach International Airport, to mention a few.  Slutsky is currently represented in two galleries: Sundook Fine Art Galleries (Delray Beach, FL), and Gallery Art at the Promenade Shops (Aventura, FL)

 

 

 

 

We can send you to one of the Art Galleries that represent our artwork ~

 

 

 

For more information about Stanford’s Artworks:

 

VISIT: www.stanfordslutsky.com 

EMAIL: mr-food@att.net

CALL: 561-789-4678

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter Presents ”ENVISIONING MIRACLES”

The Florida Chapter of National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) presents ”ENVISIONING MIRACLES”, a multi media art exhibition. The public is invited to the Free, Opening Reception on Sunday, November 18th at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery located at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton, FL.  NAWA is the first professional women’s fine art group established in the United States.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this exhibit, how to become involved with NAWA, and some sneak peeks. This exhibit is available November 18, 2018 through January 3, 2019.

 

 

 

 

PRESENTS:

 

”E N V I S I O N I N G     M I R A C L E S”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception & Award Presentation:

Sunday, November  18,

3 – 5 pm

 

 

Reception is Open and Free to the Public 

 

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday by appointment

 

 

 

Exhibition Dates: 

November 18, 2018 – January 3, 2019

 

 

 Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Levis JCC Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton, FL 33428

(enter off Glades Rd)

 

 

Nadine Meyers Saitlin “Vessel’s Vessel”  Acrylic on natural Gourd

 

 

 

Exhibiting Artists: 

 

Carolyn Barth

Carol Z. Brody

Judith Carlin

Janice Cohen

Mary Davidson

Sara Davidson-Zigdon

Cassandra Gordon-Harris

Jennifer Jean

Helene Kleiner

Marilyn Liedman

Diane Lublinski

Annette Margulies

Roberta Millman-Ide

Anabel Peicher

Debbie Rubin

Nadine Meyers Saitlin

Karen H. Salup

Beth Scher

Rhona L. Schonwald

Mary Lou Siefker

Jill Sneidman

Carol Staub

 

“WANDERLUST(2)” ACRYLIC by Annette Margulies

 

 

 

 

Founded in 1889 in New York City, the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA) is the first professional women’s fine arts group in the United States.  

In 1995, the first NAWA Chapter was founded in Florida. The Florida Chapter extends the mission of our National organization by providing highly visible Florida venues, designing art education opportunities for its members and promoting art education to Florida communities; as well as encouraging the next generation of women artists to strive for even more visibility of women artists in the Art World. 

Artists wishing to join the Florida Chapter must first be juried into the National Organization (NAWA).  NAWAFL is a 501C3 not-for-profit tax exempt organization. 

 

 

 

“Month of Miracles” by Roberta Millman-Ide

 

 

 

 

About the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery:  https://levisjcc.org/culture/art

 

 

To learn more about NAWA & NAWAFL please go to:

www.thenawa.org

 www.nawafl.org

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Offers Artists And Students A Unique Workshop At Levis JCC In Boca

Renowned Israeli shoe designer, Kobi Levi will make his U.S. debut exhibit at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton.  Kobi Levi offers artists, fashion students, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers a unique opportunity to develop their own shoe design. The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center and Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host Artists’ Workshop: From Concept to Execution, open to both beginners and professionals.  The Rickie Report shares the details on the exceptional workshop experiences.  The Public is invited to see the exhibition!

 

 

 

 

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 21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

 

 

Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery
at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center
Presents:

 

 

 

Artists’ Workshop
From Concept to Execution
 

Led by
  Kobi Levi

 

 

 

 

 

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Kobi Levi Surrounded By His Wearable Art (Photo Used By Permission Kobi Levi)

 

 

 

We are very excited to be hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour, into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie have been seen wearing his limited edition designs.

 

 

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(Photo Used By Permission, Kobi Levi, Fergie)

 

 

Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. We are delighted to invite artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers to attend his Artists’ Workshop (From Concept to Execution). This intimate workshop will offer a truly unique opportunity to create a shoe concept and then receive feedback and a critique from Kobi Levi. Students can bring iPads and create a digital design or they can sketch their design on paper. This unusual hands-on educational experience will provide participants the rare opportunity to work with a brilliant, creative shoe designer and artist.

 

 

 

Artists’ Workshop Details:

Monday, Jan. 10    7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center,
21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton (off Glades Rd. between Lyons and 441)
Cost: $25 per faculty or professional artist; $10 per student with student ID
To register: Call Sue Harrington, Gallery Director, at 561-558-2504

 

 

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(“Gum Heels” by Kobi Levi, Photo used By Permission, Kobi Levi, Fergie)

 

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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“Chameleon” by Kobi Levi

 

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

 

 

The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

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Kobi Levi’s “Chinese Dragon” Crafting Behind the Scenes

 

 

Related Event: The Art of Crafting the Shoe
 Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Details: Kobi Levi will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art in this Art Talk. 
Cost: $12 for Artists’ Workshop participants
Open to the community
To register, call 561-558-2504

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

About Kobi Levi:

Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

 

 

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

 

 

About the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC:

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com     561-537-0291

International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Offers Artists and Students Unique Workshop Opportunity At Boca Raton’s Levis JCC

The Boca Levis JCC is hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects (bananas, birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour), into the shape of shoes.  The public is invited to an Art Talk with Levi on January 9th.  Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. Artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers are invited to attend his Artists’ Workshop (“From Concept to Execution”) on Tuesday, January 10th.  This is a SMALL workshop, so we suggest you RSVP now!  The Rickie Report shares the details and images.  In addition, the Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

 

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21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428
Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery
at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

 

 

Presents:

Footwear Art  by KOBI LEVI

Artists’ Workshop
From Concept to Execution
Led by
Kobi Levi

 

 

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Kobi Levi surrounded by his FootWear Art designs

 

“We are very excited to be hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour, into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie have been seen wearing his limited edition designs”, shares Sue Harrington, Gallery Director.

 

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. We are delighted to invite artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers to attend his Artists’ Workshop (From Concept to Execution). This intimate workshop will offer a truly unique opportunity to create a shoe concept and then receive feedback and a critique from Kobi Levi. Students can bring iPads and create a digital design or they can sketch their design on paper. This unusual hands-on educational experience will provide participants the rare opportunity to work with a brilliant, creative shoe designer and artist.

 

 

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“Chewing Gum” by Kobi Levi 

 

Related Event: The Art of Crafting the Shoe
 Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

 

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Details: Kobi Levi will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art in this Art Talk.
Cost: $12 for Artists’ Workshop participants
Open to the community
To register, call 561-558-2504

 

 

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 “Chameleon” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Artists’ Workshop Details:

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center,
21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton (off Glades Rd. between Lyons and 441)

 

Cost: $25 per faculty or professional artist; $10 per student with student ID
To register: Call Sue Harrington, Gallery Director, at 561-558-2504

 

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“Flamingo” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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Banana peels inspire a shoe design by Kobi Levi

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

levisjcckobilevichinesedragonbehindthescenes

Behind the Scenes: Working on pattern for Chinese Dragon Shoe

 

The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

 

 

About Kobi Levi:

 Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

About the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC:

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Makes U.S. Debut At Levis JCC In Boca Raton, Brings Wearable Art To A New Level

Renowned Israeli shoe designer, Kobi Levi will make his U.S. debut with a “Footwear Art” exhibit at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton.  The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center and Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host three events Open to Community, as Boca Raton makes big waves in fashion this season!  The Rickie Report shares the details so you can mark your calendars!  We share some sneak peeks, for those who have not yet seen these wearable art whimsical masterpieces.  

 

 

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 21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428

Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

Presents:

FootWear   Art

  by

  Kobi   Levi

 

 

The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center will host three separate events Open to the community featuring Levi and his wearable art during his U.S. debut:

 

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Opening Reception

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017    1:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details:
1:00 pm: FootWear Art gallery reception begins
2:00 pm: Kobi Levi speaks; Q&A with audience to follow
3:00 pm: Guests can touch, try on, and photograph most of the featured designs.

Representatives will be on-site for custom shoe orders; each design is limited to 20 pairs; after reaching 20, Kobi Levi retires the design. Prices of shoes range from $500 to $2,000 per pair.

 

Cost: The exhibition is free and open to the community

RSVP required to 561-558-2520.

 

 

 

Art Talk: The Art of Crafting the Shoe

 

 

Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

 

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details: Following the gallery opening reception, Kobi Levi will return to the Sandler Center on Monday, January 9 for an Art Talk, which will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art.

 

Cost: $18.

Open to the community

To register, call 561-558-2520.

 

 

 

 

An Evening with Kobi Levi –

A Special Event for Young Professionals

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017    6:00 to 8:00 pm

 

Location: Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details: The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host a final evening with Kobi Levi.

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to 561-558-2520

 

 

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“Flamingo” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

 

At the “FootWear Art by Kobi Levi” gallery Opening R intriguing designseception on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Kobi Levi will reveal his newest shoes, as well as show off more than 30 pairs of his most famous and intriguing designs, share insights on what inspires him, and participate in Q&A with the audience. The event will be free and open to the public.

 

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“Cheerleader Red” by Kobi Levi

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

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“Mermaid” by Kobi Levi

 

 

 

Consul General of Israel, Lior Haiat, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome brilliant Israeli designer, Kobi Levi, to dazzle American audiences on his first US exhibit. We hope it is the first of countless showcases displaying his celebration of fashion and culture.”   The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

 

 

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“Chewing Gum” by Kobi Levi

 

 

 

About Kobi Levi:

 

Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

 

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

 


The Levis JCC is the cornerstone of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community and a place for thousands to connect each year. The Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, which highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more, gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, spirituality, cultural experiences, travel and social events.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

About the Levis JCC
:

The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs for individuals of all ages. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org.

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

“Art For Art’s Sake IV” Opens Tomorrow Featuring Juried Exhibition And Artist Talk

The Nathan D.Rosen Museum Gallery of the Levis JCC of Boca Raton presents “Art For Art’s Sake IV”, a juried exhibition by the Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA). The Rickie Report is pleased to  celebrate this multimedia exhibit by men and women. The Opening Reception on Sunday, June 5 includes the Awards Presentation and Artist Talk. Please join guest speaker Ann Schwartz for an overview of “Dale Chihuly: Gardens of Glass”. Admission is free and open to the public, but please RSVP.

 

 

“Art  For  Art’s  Sake  IV”  

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA)  

Juried Exhibition

 

Opening Reception/Awards/Artist Talk:

 Sunday, June 5th  

1 – 4 pm  

Artist Talk:

2 pm  

Free and Open To The Public

 

Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM

 

Exhibit continues through September 9

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Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement
Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center
21050 95th Avenue South     Boca Raton, FL 33428

RSVP:    561-558-2504

 

 

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For more information about WITVA:

For more information please contact:

Karen H. Salup  561.715.2758  witva2015@gmail.com

 

 

 

For more information about the Levis JCC:

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. It is located at 21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33428.  The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.  www.levisjcc.org

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

WITVA’s “Art For Art’s Sake IV” Is Open For Artist Entries To Men And Women

WITVA shares a Call To Artists for their next exhibition, “Art For Art’s Sake IV” which is open to men and women.  The Exhibition takes place May 24 through September 9 at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery located at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton.  The Artist Deadline is May 20th for this juried show with cash awards.  The Public is welcome to the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 5th.  Ann Schwartz will give a lecture “Dale Chihuly: Gardens of Glass” that afternoon.  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

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CALL   FOR    ENTRIES:   

“ Art for Art’s Sake IV ”

Public Reception And Cash Awards

Sunday, June 5, 2016

1-4 pm

Ann Schwartz Lecture     

Dale Chihuly:Gardens of Glass

2:00 pm

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 561-852-3200 or www.levisjcc.org

 

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

Levis JCC

Exhibit Runs May 24-September 9, 2016

95th Ave. Off Glades Road     Boca Raton,FL

 

 

Eligibility Exhibit open to Men and Women over 18

(up to 2 entries of work)

 

 

 

Application Deadline   Friday, May 20, 2016  

$35 entry fee  

 

 

 

DETAILS:

Delivery at Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Tuesday, May 24, 10am-noon

Pick-up Friday, September 9, 10am-noon

 

No Nudes

SUBJECT MATTER; The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery reserves the right to reject inappropriate works.

Work cannot have been previously shown at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery at the Levis JCC

 

There is 36wide x 48 high size limits.

If concerned, please call Ann Schwartz 561-737-4248

 

For WITVA Exhibit “Art for Art’s Sake IV” hours call 561-852-3200 or www.levisjcc.org

 

 

Preparation of Pieces:

 

 

Paper media must be covered with Plexiglass, have undamaged frames and mats.

Unframed oils/acrylics must be framed or finished on all sides with no staples showing.

All 2-D must be securely wired (please tape ends of wired)

No sawtooth hangers.

SCULPTORS WILL BE PROVIDED pedestals.

JEWELRY will be in a locked case.

All entries must be labeled on back

All items must be for sale. If sold they must remain for the entire exhibit.

Please note: 20% commission on all sales (10% to WITVA scholarship fund 10% to the Levis JCC)

This is a juried show.

Cash Awards will be given at Reception June 5, 1-4 pm

 

 

ID LABELS: Attach one to the back of each work (upper right corner)

 

 

Artist:_______________________________ Artist:_____________________________
Title:________________________________ Title:______________________________
Medium:_____________________________ Medium:___________________________
Size:_h________________w_______________ Size:h______________w_______________
Price:____________ cell:___________________ Price:________cell:________________________

 

 

 

 

APPLICATION

Mail to: Ann Schwartz, 8261 Muirhead Cir, Boynton Beach, FL 33472

 

 

WITVA Exhibition at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery “Art for Art’s Sake IV”

Take-in:   May 24, 2016,10-12 noon

 

$35 Non-refundable entry fee payable to WITVA for up to 2 entries.

Application deadline: Friday,May 20, 2016

 

 

 

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

e-mail:___________________________________________________

Artist______________________________________________________

cell phone_________________________

Entry #1 title________________________________Medium________________

Size h_____w______Price___________

Entry #2 title________________________________Medium________________

Size_h_____w_____ Price___________

 

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: The undersigned hereby agrees to release and discharge WITVA, its directors and members, the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery of the Levis JCC, its directors and staff, from any responsibility for damage or loss of any kind, on all works submitted for the “Art for Art’s Sake IV” Exhibition. I am aware that a total of 20% commission will be taken on any sale of my artwork made during the exhibit for the WITVA Scholarship Fund and the JCC.
All exhibitors must sign up for the following:

 

I will help with: Check in_________Reception_______take down______labels________program________

I will help with KOSHER Refreshments. Cookies_____fruit____vegetables_____other________________

 

I will attend the Awards Reception, Sunday. June 5, 1-4pm__________

# of GUESTS________

ARTIST’S SIGNATURE__________________________________

Date________________

 

 

For more information please contact:

Ann Schwartz – (561)737-4248  or annschwartz322@aol.com

www.witva.org

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Gustave Wander Solo Exhibit And Levis JCC Pottery Guild Exhibit /Sale Begins April 3rd

Whether you prefer the tenderness of Gustave Wander’s watercolors—jazz musicians, light houses and landscapes—or the fascination of exotic totems and the symmetry of classic pottery, the latest exhibit at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will have something to delight the senses! The retrospective Solo exhibit gives tribute to Gustave Wander’s nontraditional career as a later-in-life watercolorist and a beloved teacher who has inspired countless students over the decades. The Annual Levis JCC Pottery Guild Exhibition and Sale brings together the fledgling works of new potters to the most accomplished master ceramicists—stimulating to both sight and touch.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details of these exciting events beginning with a Free Opening Reception on Sunday, April 3rd.  Everyone is invited, but please RSVP.

 

 

 

 

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Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

Presents:

 

Solo Exhibit by Gustave Wander, Watercolorist

The Levis JCC Pottery Guild Annual Ceramics Exhibition and Sale

Opening Reception

Sunday, April 3
 1 -4 pm

 

Free and open to the public: RSVP to 561-558-2520

Exhibit Runs April 3 through May 20

The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery is free and open to the public.

21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL
(enter off Glades Rd)

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Watercolor by Gustave Wander

Gustave Wander

 

Born in New York City in 1924, Gustave Wander spent much of his first career as a commercial artist, illustrating lighting fixtures for marketing use and working in the photoengraving business. Even during his time in the U.S. Navy, he was assigned to the CBs, where his ability to accurately draw was put to immediate use.

 

 

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Watercolor by Gustave Wander

 

 

 

 

 

After 25 years, he moved from a commercial artist to his passion—watercolors. Discarding the pencils of his illustrating days, Wander paints his scenes without sketching any preliminary outlines. His signature style has earned him 25 awards and numerous accolades. His original painting of musical stars Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman, instruments included, is part of the American Jazz Collection in the New York Public Library. A gentle, peaceful and eternally optimistic man, Wander has served as a role model and inspiration to many who thought the opportunity for them to develop as artists had passed them by.

 

 

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Watercolor by Gustave Wander

 

 

This solo exhibit bears testimony to his creativity and artistic energy—still painting and inspiring others at the age of 92!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Levis JCC Pottery Guild

Annual Ceramics Exhibition and Sale

From totems to tea pots, utilitarian, sculptural and decorative works of ceramics created by member of the Levis JCC Pottery Guild and master ceramicists Sylvia Rosen, Marilyn Wander and Gina Skillings are on display. Many items are available for sale.

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Totem by Gina Skillings

 

 

The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery hosts exceptional exhibitions of works by local, national and international artists. Its mission is to encourage understanding of cross-cultural influences in the visual arts and include exhibitions in the visual arts, exhibitions of historical importance, contemporary art, folk art, and mixed media works.

 

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Pottery by Marilyn Wander

 

 

 

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. It is located at 21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.

www.levisjcc.org

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Invites You To “Art 2016 Biennial Juried Art Show”

“Art 2016 Biennial Juried Exhibition” opens at the Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton. From a hip-hop dancer to a kaleidoscope of color, sultry black and white scenes to mouth-watering plates of food—”Art 2016″ brings a delightful smorgasbord of works juried into the show from over 430 submissions from around the country. The Free Opening Reception takes place on February 11th.  Whether you love photography, oils, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, 3-D, contemporary, still life, the humorous, the political, the esoteric, the sublime—you’ll find something to catch your eye in this eclectic show.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and urges you to see what the excitement is all about!

 

 

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Opening Reception/Awards Ceremony  

Thursday, February 11, 2016  

4-6 pm  

 

Free, but please RSVP  561.558.2520

The exhibit runs through March 17

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

 

 

9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

 

 

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“Attitude” by Sydelle Lazar

 

 

 

“Art 2016 Biennial Juried Exhibition” opens at the Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton. Winners of the Art 2016 Biennial Juried Competition will be announced on Thursday, February 11th, at the Opening Reception, 4-6 p.m., at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery. The competition, which drew 432 submissions from around the country, includes original paintings, graphics, mixed media, wood, clay, metal, glass, fiber art, fine beaded jewelry, sculptures and photographs.

 

 

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“Explorations in Blue” by Caryn Kabat

 

 

 

“Art 2016”, founded and sponsored by Sylvia Rosen over twenty years ago, is held every other year. Walter O’Neill, Director of the Art School at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, judged this year’s competition. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. and include: Best in Show ($1,000), Craft Art Award ($500); 3 Awards of Merit ($250 each) and 3 Honorable Mentions. The reception is free and open to the public—RSVP to 561-558-2520. The exhibit runs through March 17.

 

 

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“Reminisce” by Deborah Rader

 

 

 

 

 

From a hip-hop dancer to a kaleidoscope of color, sultry black and white scenes to mouth-watering plates of food—Art 2016 brings a delightful smorgasbord of works juried into the show from over 430 submissions from around the country. Whether you love photography, oils, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, 3-D, contemporary, still life, the humorous, the political, the esoteric, the sublime—you’ll find something to catch your eye in this eclectic show.

 

 

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“Awesome Table” by Erik Kucera

 

The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery hosts exceptional exhibitions of works by local, national and international artists. Its mission is to encourage understanding of cross-cultural influences in the visual arts and include exhibitions in the visual arts, exhibitions of historical importance, contemporary art, folk art, and mixed media works.

 

 

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“Naamah portrait” by Benjamin Kenagan

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. It is located at 21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

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“On the Easel” by Nadine Saitlin

 

 

 

 

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.
www.levisjcc.org

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Bill Farran Shares Unique Linocuts: A Combined Love Of History, Geography And His Roots

Bill Farran is showing his unique linocut prints at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Biennial Juried Art Exhibit (Opening Reception Feb.11), ArtiGras in Jupiter (Feb. 13- 15) and Chabad House in Manalapan (Feb. 21)  After retiring as a history and culinary arts teacher, Bill Farran became a Florida snowbird.  With the guidance of several art teachers he pursued portraits and outdoor landscapes before he rediscovered his love of block prints. He enjoys working backward and in reverse! Combining his art with his love of history, Bill’s versatility shows as his subjects range from Pop Art to social commentary and his Jewish roots. In addition, Bill is an author and an internationally sought-after speaker.  The Rickie Report shares Bill’s story, his upcoming Exhibits and speaking engagements plus some sneak peeks.  Bill’s abundant knowledge, including more of his artwork as well videos, resources and a vast history lesson can be found on his website.  

 

 

 

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Meet The Artist:

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

“Art 2016”  Biennial Juried Art Exhibit

Public Opening Reception:

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

4:00 – 6:00 PM:

Exhibit runs through Friday, March 18, 2016

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Levis JCC Sandler Center
21050 95th Avenue S.     Boca Raton, FL 33428
(located off Glades Road at 95th Avenue S., West of the Florida Turnpike)

 

 

 

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

 


February 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Saturday 10am to 6pm


Sunday 10am to 6pm


Monday 10am to 5pm


Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, Florida

Central Boulevard between Main Street Circle and Fredrick Small Circle & University Boulevard

 

 

 

Chabad of South Palm Beach

 

Sunday, February 21

 4-6 PM

 

 

 

Plaza Del Mar  224 S. Ocean Blvd.  

Manalapan, FL 33462

Gallery Show runs February 21st  thru March

 

 

 

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“Flowers”, Linocut by Bill Farran

 

 

It all started in 1968 with the need for a quick gift. Bill Farran made a woodcut, and framed it. After that, he created a woodcut or linocut each Jewish New Year. His two children were announced to the world via woodcuts. As the years passed and postage increased, Jewish New Year Cards became less frequent.

 

 

 

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“Klezmer Singer, Elizabeth Schwartz” by Bill Farran

 

 

 

Bill tells The Rickie Report, “Then in 2011 two things happened. First, I made a Jewish New Card and posted it on Youtube for my friends and family. In the past I incorporated the usual images; apples and honey, views of the Jerusalem skyline, Chassids dancing, men holding the torah or blowing the shofer. In 2012, I made a linocut Jewish New Year Card of the Gvozdetz wooden synagogue (Gwoździec, Poland is now Hvfzdets, Ukraine). It must have been fate”.

 

 

 

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Jewish New Year Linocut by Bill Farran

 

 

Bill met a group of men in Century Village who were members of the woodcarving club. They were a mixed group, liberals and conservatives, religious Jews and non-religious Jews, Americans and Canadians. “I decided to make a Jewish New Years video, as I would carve and print my linocuts with them each Tuesday morning. I never did make the video. As one thing always leads to another, before I knew it I’d created over 20 Wooden Synagogue linocuts, spent untold hours researching and learning about Eastern European history, had entered shows, and began to speak about “Lost Treasures: Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe”.

 

 

 

“My wooden synagogue series has become a labor of love. It brings together many aspects of myself. My love of history and geography, my love affair with Jewish genealogy, my love of art, and my love of my wife who helps me research and write”.

 

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Wooden Synagogue of Novyy Yarychiv, Ukraine by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR: Take us through the process of a linocut:

BF:

 

A linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

 

 

The process begins with finding a photo or drawing of a wooden synagogue. They were all destroyed by the end of World War II, and very few images have survived. We research the history of the towns or shetles, to learn about the synagogue, how the people lived and finally how the Jewish presence came to an end. We often become very emotional, but it is my way of not forgetting the past. Then I transfer the image to a linoleum block and carve. I work backwards, only “what I leave behind” prints. The next stage is to make a print from the block. I have to ink the block and place a sheet of acid free paper over it and burnish the image. All my prints are hand printed. Each print is ever so slightly different and I create limited editions.

 

 

 

 

Bill explains, “My artistic focus and inspiration flow from two sources. First, I love my medium, block printing. The feel of the wood or linoleum under the carving tools transports me to another plain. The process of working backwards and in reverse is an enjoyable challenge. In block printing one has to remove surface, leaving behind the surface that will accept the ink and print. When adding color a second block has to be carved. Hand printing in itself is an art”.

 

 

 

“Second, I love my subject love – the wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe and their importance in Jewish cultural history. Depicting them as linocuts and woodcuts, began with creating a simple Jewish new year’s card has become a journey reinventing my life. Wooden synagogues are gone from Eastern Europe, victims of fire, war, old age and the Holocaust. Through art I try to bring back these wonderful Jewish wooden synagogues, to give us a glimpse of the past”.

 

 

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City View of Vitebsk, Belarus by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR:  How did you get started creating your art work?

 BF:

I needed a quick last minute gift for my Mom and decided to make a wood cut. I based it on Vincent Van Gogh’s Postman Joseph Roulin. Everyone said it looked like a rabbi, so I used it as a Jewish New Year Card. After that card I made a woodcut or linocut each Jewish New Year.

 

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Prienai,Lithuania by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR:  Tell us about your lectures.

 BF:

 

I use my Art to educate my audience about Jewish history is Eastern Europe from 900 AD to the present. My goal is to impart that Jews were fairly well off until the Partition of Poland, in 1772-1794.

 

Topics:
• Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania
• The Art of Wooden Synagogues, What motivates the Artist
• The Jews under the rule of the Tsars
• Rise and Fall of the Shtetl
• Yom Ha Shoah
• Kristallnacht

 

 

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Lost Souls of the Ghetto by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR: We understand that you have lectured internationally and in the US.

 BF:

 

I love the art and the knowledge that I acquired, and I have a passion to share them with people.My next lecture will be on February 21, 2016 at Chabad of South Palm Beach.

Most recently:

• November, 2015 92nd Street Y, New York, NY “The Jews under the rule of the Tzars”
• August, 2015 Neptune Towers Co-op, Long Beach NY “Rise and Fall of the Shtetl”
• August 2015 92nd Street Y, New York, NY “Rise and Fall of the Shtetl”
• April, 2015 Temple Beth Shalom, Melville NY: “Yom Ha Shoah Commemoration”
• April, 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, “Yom Ha Shoah Commemoration”
• March, 2015 Jewish Genealogy Society of Palm Beach; Florida
• September 2014 Temple Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek,Chester, CT “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• January 13, 2014 Na’amat Movement Of Working Woman And Volunteers, Valencia Lakes, Boynton Beach, Florida “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• August, 2014 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 33rd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy; Boston MA “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• July, 2014 Tomek Wisniewski’s Studio Of Film, Sound and Photography, Michalowo Poland. “A Day of Jewish Culture. Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”.
• November, 2014 Long Beach. NY Public Library “Kristallnacht‎”
• March, 2013 Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island; NY “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• March, 2013 Adolph And Rose Levis JCC, Boca Raton, Florida “Jews in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania”
• January 2013 Century Village Art Club, Boca Raton, Florida “The Art of the Wooden Synagogue”

 

 

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“Sugar” by Bill Farran

 

 

TRR:  Where have you exhibited your Art?

BF:

ArtiGras is my first professional Exhibition, as I am now a full-time artist.  Previously my work has been seen at:  Huntington Arts Council, “Artie Techie Show”, Huntington NY July, 2015; Huntington Arts Council “Don’t Eat This” Art Show  Huntington NY May, 2015;  Ocean Ridge Coastal Artist Exhibition, Ocean Ridge, FL March 2015;  Temple Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek Gallery, Chester, CT August-October 2014;  Anti-Defamation League of Palm Beach; Florida Artworks: “Justice, Advocacy & Art” November 14, 2013;  The Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Podlasie-European Centre for the Arts, Bialystok, Poland August 19 – September 20. 2014; The Studio of Film, Sound and Photography, Michalowo, Poland July 7, 2014-August 7, 2014;  Arts Arena Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida January 2013 and the Public Library, Long Beach NY October-November 2012.

 

 

 

Bill continues to write for various newsletters, including the most recent “The Towns of Our Ancestors”.  He is available for small groups, synagogues, organizations, museums and special events.

 

 

 

TRR: What sustains your creative energy?

BF:

I’m always learning and discovering new things about both block printing and Jewish history.

 

 

TRR:  What challenges you face as an emerging artist and what would you share with other emerging artists?

BF: 

It’s a challenge to find a balance between creating and marketing.  Keep working and promoting yourself!

 

 

For more information please contact:

www.billfarran.com

www.facebook.com/bill.farran

 516-869-4049

E-mail: billfarran@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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